The Heard Museum in Arizona is currently holding an exhibit looking at superheroes in Native American Culture. “Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!” gives children the opportunity to become superheroes of their very own, choosing their special powers and their costume. From there, they will “embark on exciting adventures, including an animal companion interactive experience, a Native video game and other adventures along their ‘super’ journey”, according to the website.
There are many similarities between the Westernised stories of superheroes – from Batman to Wonder Woman – and tales of Native American legends such as Crazy Horse and Sacajawea, but in many cases the multi-cultural origins are often lost amongst the rhetoric of fighting for American justice. Perhaps an exhibit like this will open up a new world of not only heroes and heroines but Native American culture.
You can find out more about the exhibit on The Heard Museum website.